Monday, November 29, 2010

Toddler Advent Activities

So far, we've sung (or rather I sung) "Stay Awake, Be Ready" which is a toddler favorite for Advent. We've also made ornaments for the Jesse tree (I'll have to take a pic later when there are more on it). But beyond that, there's a ton that you can do. Especially with the feast days. Depending on your toddler abilities (or preschoolers), you can have them help mix some of the simple recipes below.

November 30: Saint Andrew's Shortbread
300 degree oven
Cream 1 c. butter with 2/3cup sugar. At low speed, add 2 1/2 cup flour until just blended. Chill 30 min. Pat into two 7 in circles, place on baking sheet and mark generous wedges (X shaped cross is his symbol). Bake for 30 minutes and cool for 10. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Dec. 3- S. Francis Xavier
Can make a simple soup for his feast day or you can color a simple depiction of a mission since he was a priest missionary.

Dec. 4-St. Barbara
cut witch hazel and place in a vase of warm water or if you haven't the stuff ready available use a diffuser or cold humidifier with your favorite fragrance (or child's)

Dec. 6 St. Nicholas
Have children leave out shoes and fill them with small trinkets, chocolate coins, money, etc. You can also make a simple candy cane ornament (since he was a Bishop). Take a pipe cleaner and cut in half. Crimp one end. Use tri-beads of any color (we like the semi-transparent ones of emerald, ruby, and clear) and have the child string them on. Two year olds love this one. Then crimp the other end when complete. Bend the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape. Hang on the tree.

Dec. 8 Immaculate Conception
Make a simple sugar spice cookie. 275 degree oven. Cream 1 cup butter, 1 c sugar until fluffy. Blend in 1 egg yok. Stir in 1 12 teaspoon nutmeg and 2 cups of flour til combined. Pat evenly into a greased 10 X15 rimmed cookie sheet. Brush top with egg white. Bake 50 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.

Dec. 12- Our Lady of Guadalupe
Make Mexican hot chocolate and get some great roses. Combine 6 cups of whole milk and 1 stick of Mexican cinnamon (Ceylon) over a medium heat pan. Scape vanilla seeds into pan and then add the bean (1 bean only). Reduce heat add 8 oz of bittersweet chocolate roughly chopped and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Gently simmer and whisk chocolate to incorporate. Remove from heat and remove the bean, seeds, and cinnamon. Makes 6 cups add a dollop of whip cream on top.

December 13- St. Lucy
Good time to add lights to your tree or put up candles/lights throughout your house (I recommend opting for fake candles). In Sweden, it's tradition for the eldest daughter to bring coffee and cakes to her parents in bed before dawn, but you can make coffee and coffee cakes once your up with your toddler.

There's also some great post Christmas activities as well. But I'll save those for another time.

1 comment:

  1. :-) Thanks for posting these. I found a soup recipe on Catholic Cuisine I'm thinking about doing tomorrow (today now - eek). I really want to celebrate St. Francis Xavier's feast day for a few diff reasons and was happy to find something or another to do!


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